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Horsetail Family
2 species
Common Horsetail
Order: Equisetales
Family: Equisetaceae (Horsetail family)
Genus: Equisetum
Species: Arvense
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Equisetopsida
Division: Pteridophyta (Ferns) - formerly Equisetophyta
Perennial - also known as Field Horsetail - reproduces by
spores (not seeds) - non-flowering - Equisetum is the only
existing genus of a primitive plant - fertile phase is brown
and non-branched, sterile phase is green and branched  -
native to Canada
More Common Horsetail
More Common Horsetail
Updated November 15 2014
Scouring Rush
Order: Equisetales
Family: Equisetaceae (Horsetail family)
Genus: Equisetum
Species: Hyemale
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Equisetopsida
Perennial - also known as Horsetail Rush, Rough Horsetail
- reproduces by spores (not seeds) - non-flowering -
Equisetum is the only existing genus of a primitve plant -
native to Canada
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More Scouring Rush
Updated January 1 2014
Division: Pteridophyta (Ferns) - formerly Equisetophyta
Common Horsetail - no flowers - leaves tiny - height (fertile) to 30 cm, height (sterile) to 60 cm - Leslie Spit - May 2009
Scouring Rush - no flowers - leaves tiny - height to 90 cm - High Park - July 2010